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Al Gore may have spearheaded environmental issues during the Clinton administration, but it was Bill Clinton who did the most for animals this year.
The former president was named PETA's 2010 Person of the Year, the organization announced in a press release on Monday.
The organization applauded Clinton, who was known for chowing down fast food in the Oval Office, for his recent embrace of veganism.
"Thanks to his new plant-based diet, he's shed some pounds, decreased his risk of future heart problems and spared the lives of many animals," the organization said in the press release.
Before the former President's daughter was married, she had reportedly urged him to drop a few pounds. In September, he told CNN that he had lost 24 pounds thanks to his new diet.
"I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning. No dairy," he said.
The diet came after Clinton was admitted to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital after suffering from chest pains in February. He's had a history of heart trouble, including a quadruple bypass surgery in 2004.
He said his new food groups were doing a world of good for his health woes.
"I did all this research, and I saw that 82% of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plant-based, no dairy, no meat of any kind, no chicken, no turkey—I eat very little fish, once in a while I'll have a little fish," he said. "If you can do it, 82% of people have begun to heal themselves."
PETA proudly agreed.
"By choosing a plant-based diet, President Clinton has spared the lives of nearly 200 animals a year and reduced his risk of cancer, strokes, and other diseases," the organization claimed.
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